Helpers in Denmark
See the list of helpers of Merv Bertie and Stoney Mitchell.
On 15 September 1945, the British Legation in Copenhagen informed the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the British War Office wished to establish an office “for the purpose of seeking out, questioning and recommending for awards those Danes who helped British Service personnel to evade capture by the enemy.” (letter archived in Frihedsmuseet Arkiv). Subsequently, both the British I.S.9. (AB) and American M.I.S.-X opened adjacent offices in Dagmarhus, Copenhagen. Resistance organizations were contacted for information about help given by their members and advertisements were placed in newspapers throughout Denmark in February and March 1946 to request that civilians send details on the assistance they provided to Allied airmen shot down in Denmark.
Notice from Danish newspaper requesting helpers of Allied airmen to submit information about the assistance they provided.
Six levels of helper assistance were recognized according to the effort and risk taken by the helper. In August 1946, 476 Danes assigned Grade V awards and 192 Danes assigned Grade VI awards received two certificates, one from Deputy Supreme Commander, SHAEF, Air Chief Marshal Arthur W. Tedder on behalf of the British Government and one from Supreme Commander, SHAEF, General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower on behalf of the United State of America Government. The remaining 20 Danes assigned the higher level Grade II, III, and IV awards received their recognition later in 1946.
Grade V helper award from the British Government
to Aage Fisker
Grade V helper award from the USA Government
to Aage Fisker
Note: Dwight D. Eisenhower did not become President of the United States of America until 1953, so the certificates received by helpers in 1946 were signed by Eisenhower in his capacity as Commander of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) on behalf of the President of the United States of America. Franklin D. Roosevelt was President from when World War II commenced until his death on 12 April 1945, at which time Harry S. Truman became President of the United States.
Svend Aage and Gudrun Ballisager
Peder Nørby Christensen
Aage and Ottinne Fisker
Henrik Peter Henriksen
Frida Jensen Bjerre
Kr. Peder and Maria Kristensen
Alfred Balle and Magdalene Pedersen
Arnold and Naomi Petersen
Ulf Henrik Svendsen-Tune
Anton Jens Toldstrup
Also see Eye Witnesses
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